In this article we will see how to move installed programs to another drive or partition in Windows 10. As you likely know, Windows 10 allows users move installed apps but it doesn’t allow moving traditional programs.
Steam Mover to move installed programs to another drive
Steam Mover is a free program designed to help PC users move installed programs from the default location to another file or folder. The Steam Mover software relocates installed programs in a few seconds without any issues. You just need to select the program that you want to move and then choose the new location. As simple as that.
If you’re not sure how to use the Steam Mover to move installed applications from another drive in Windows 10, complete the given below directions.
Relocate installed programs to another partition in Windows 10
WARNING: Since Windows 10 doesn’t support moving installed desktop programs unlike apps, we recommend you backup all data and create a system image backup just to be on the safer side. We are not responsible for any data loss or system crash.
Step 1: Since Steam Mover relocates programs by creating junction points, this method, in fact the program, doesn’t work on FAT32 formatted drives. So the first step is to make sure that the drive where Windows 10 is installed as well as the drive where you plan to move installed programs are formatted with NTFS before you begin.
To check the type of the file system, right-click on the drive, select Properties, and then check the file system type.
Step 2: Now visit the link below and download the Steam Mover software. This program works fine with both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 10.
Extract the downloaded zip file to get SteamMover executable file.
Step 3: Now right-click on the SteamMover executable file and then click on Run as administrator.
Step 4: Upon launching SteamMover, it will not list all installed programs. Under Steam apps common foldersection, click the small button labelled … and then browse to Program files folder containing your installed programs. If you are running 64-bit type of Windows 10, the program that you want to move might be located under Program Files (x86) folder.
Select either Program files or Program Files (x86) to list installed programs. If the program that you’re planning to move is not appearing upon selecting Programs Files (x86), select Program Files folder.
Step 5: Now from the list select the folder you want to move, then select the folder you want it to be moved to from the top right corner labelled as Alternative folder and then click on the arrow on the bottom of the page.
You will see Command Prompt window for a few seconds, indicating that the selected program is being moved.
If everything goes well, the program will be moved in a couple of seconds.
You can now navigate to the new location to see moved program.
You can also move multiple programs at a time but it is advised to move one program at a time and make sure the app and system is working perfectly.
To reverse the move, select programs that have been moved, and then click the large left arrow button.